Ends lockout of workers that began in June: UFCW
United Food and Commercial Workers union (UFCW) Canada, Local 501 members working as coach drivers at Calèches Québec in Québec City returned to work recently after ratifying a new contract on Aug. 12 reached before a conciliator.
The new collective agreement put an end to a lockout which began on June 18. The horse-and-carriage coach drivers returned to work on Aug. 3, says the union.
The terms of the new contract include a 25-per-cent wage increase. In addition, the per-ride premium for coach rides will increase from $5.50 to $6.50 for 35-minute rides, and from $5.50 to $14 for two-hour rides, says UFCW.
Three members who had been dismissed were also be reinstated as part of the settlement, says the union.UFCW Local 501 represents more than 18,000 members working at more than 410 companies across Quebec and northern New Brunswick.